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Journalists’ safety bill will soon be discussed by cabinet body : minister

ISLAMABAD: Briefing the Senate committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on different issues related to media, the Minister of State Marriyum Aurangzeb said the first draft of the Bill for safety, security and protection of journalists, prepared in consultation with all the stakeholders including All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), Council of Newspapers. Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and inclusive of the recommendations of the committee members and the UN guidelines, would soon be presented before the cabinet legislative committee for its approval.

Protecting freedom of expression: ‘Bill shows govt’s fear of creative minds and art’

At a dialogue discussing the implications of the media of Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Bill, 2017, participants viewed the proposed law as a tool for suppressing dissent. The event, at which some speakers warned of launching a protest movement against the law, was organised on Sunday by the Sindhi Adabi Sangat [Sindhi literary fraternity] at the Sindhi Language Authority in Hyderabad.

Three journalists held, released in Pakistan

Three journalists from Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province went missing under mysterious circumstances on Oct 15 and were released the next day on Journalist Shahnawaz Tarakzai of Prague-based Mashaal Radio, a project of Radio Free Europe, was forcibly taken by men in plainclothes from the Shabqadar Media Center in Charsadda, KP, on the afternoon of October 15th.

Journalist’s killing: Taliban claim contrary to FIR contents

SWABI: While an FIR lodged by a brother of Haroon Khan — a journalist who was shot dead near his home on Thursday night — said his two nephews were involved in his murder, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for his killing. In a statement, the militant group said Haroon, who worked for print as well as electronic media organisations, had been killed because of suspicions that he was spying on the Taliban for intelligence agencies.

‘Journalists should promote peace, harmony’

SUKKUR: Steven L. Youngblood, who is an internationally acclaimed journalist and Director of Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, spoke at a seminar here on Friday. Addressing journalists at the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (IBA), he said: “We must differentiate between negative peace and positive peace, because it is extremely important for working journalists to identify differences between the two.”

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